Thursday, February 26, 2009

Palin begins Proto-Fascist Campaign to Move Rural Workers Into The Big Oil Economy

National Socialism - what exactly is that? National Socialism propagandizes and promotes uniting the working class of a specific ethnic, national, or racial group into a proletariat - lower class worker society - while socializing industry through the State. So In Alaska's case the worker class would be the Native rural Alaskans. The socialized industry is of course Big Oil, which the state of Alaska is already dependent on for most of it's budget - along with big money from the federal government. It is well documented that Alaska is already the most socialist state in the union under Palin.

The following is by Writing Raven, a Tlingit/Athabascan woman, from her blog Writing Raven speaks up regarding Palin's recent photo op trip to rural Alaska, in which she offers exactly one solution to the people who's native waters have been overfished by commercial fishermen. Her ill-considered policy statements seem to be void of any understanding or background knowledge of the issues or the people involved. It almost sounds like Palin wants to piss people off.

But the reality is, Palin knows exactly what she wants.

She wants hungry people to hear that they have no choice but to leave home and work for wages for the big companies that pump oil, and pay big dividends to the state. A sort of National Socialist agenda that perfectly represents why Palin is not a person that should hold public office in the land of the free.

"This post could have easily been titled, "The point at which I lose it."

"When I read, and watched, the remarks Sarah Palin made about rural issues to the Kyle Hopkinns of the Anchorage Daily News, I nearly punched the screen. I had to leave my laptop and go

fume for many, many hours - talking (venting) with my parents and grandmother and even brother - before I could return and be relatively sure I would not toss my innocent little laptop into the snow for being the bearer of bad news. Even then I couldn't trust myself to post without liberal use of curse words, which I usually try to avoid.

What got me into this murderous, computer-killing rage? Please read Mudflats and The Immoral Minority for more detail, but let me try and summarize some of Ms. Palin's points as she answered questions:
  • Palin thinks youth need to consider leaving the villages.
"Another purpose of the trip today, is not just delivering food for a short-term solution, but to remind those, especially young people, in rural Alaska of the job opportunities that are available, albeit it requires in some cases leaving the village for a short time."

This one is what really infuriated me. The Native people of Alaska have been fighting and fighting for generations to ensure rural communities thrive, thinking up solutions to get especially the young people to stay and contribute to the community. The boarding school times in which young people left "for a short time" were some of the most devastating to these communities. Did we learn nothing about what this kind of thinking leads to? Is there no thought to a real future? Palin shows a lack of the study of Alaskan and American history. So much time and energy trying to salvage these towns and villages from social and economic collapse, and the governor of our state can sweep them aside with one ignorant comment.

What these communities need is infrastructure, jobs in the communities themselves. Ironically, I just got a look at the Indian country provisions in the stimulus bill, and was thinking how forward we've come in our look at what Native communities really need. Maia of Own the Sidewalk forwarded me a link to a National Congress of American Indians page devoted to the Indian country provisions of the stimulus bill. I haven't been talking about the stimulus package because the last thing anyone wants is me commenting on anything to do with money. But I was incredibly impressed with the funding set aside for Native country projects.

Basically, it's all about infrastructure in these communities. Energy projects, building projects, roads and weatherization. Things that will not only create jobs and a viable economy in the short term, but ensure a future community exists at all. I don't know about the rest of the stimulus, but in this, they've got it dead on. Why are the only solutions Palin talks about all about getting out of the community? Helping out the oil companies? She throws out something about becoming VPSO's or teachers in your own community - but how can they when the whole youth of the village is now set on leaving? There's no one left to police or teach.
  • Palin's reminder to villages: We're in a cash-based society now.
"because it is a cash-based society right now..." "but in a cash-based society..." "...let people know perhaps what their own experience has been in terms of finding success and being a part of the community, at the same time, having income -- there’s nothing wrong with that."

Does she think the village people are trading beads? Seriously, the amount of times Palin talks down to rural people in these remarks is nauseating. Attention Palin: The people of rural Alaska are INCREDIBLY aware that we are living in a cash-based society! My guess is more aware than Palin. What little money is trickling in has not been spent on Neiman Marcus clothing and $60 phone calls. THERE IS NO INFRASTRUCTURE = THERE ARE NO JOBS.

Regardless of the governor's solution to have the youth leave and find jobs, maybe even a better solution is to get the state working on a viable plan of creating jobs in the community. If we had a little leadership, Alaska could be the most forward, technological marvel of how to get both energy solutions and indigenous populations working to better, not only the state, but the nation. The resources out in rural Alaska are incredible, and instead of promoting that, we are currently squandering it and giving it away. In this case, the human resources are being encouraged to leave.
  • As our leader, Palin is not going to make an example of what to do in this situation.
"It’s a scripture that says, 'let not your right hand know what your left hand is doing.' If you’re going to do a personal charitable effort ... what we do personally to support and tithe and offer assistance to some of these missions, I’m going to keep that to myself."

This comes right after she's chastised the leadership of these communities to do a better job of making an example of themselves. The inability of this governor to not practice what she preaches continues to astound me. Why invite all these reporters to see you off, handing out food, if it's not to show them how "you" are helping? The only possible way I can read this is, "I didn't do anything, so don't ask."
  • Palin learned about this situation from the media, not from actually listening to the people of her state.
(Lt. Gov. Parnell) "Frankly, the first weekend that this particular regional hardship hit the web from Emmonak, both the governor and I tried to get our there and we were hampered due to weather."

I will say it again - this problem did not just spring up six weeks ago. Not only has this been generations in the making, the whole last year Native leaders, state leaders, corporations, people in the communities have been speaking out, warning about this, and even asking for help before it "hit the web." I've posted this before, but I want to reiterate how far in advance the governor had to prepare for this, and did nothing:

-In May, the Bristol Bay Times reported on rural residents calling for emergency relief and to declare an energy disaster.
-In early August, the Anchorage Daily News reported prominent Native leaders directly talking to Paling about these problems, and the solutions that including building infrastructure.
-In early August, even USA Today noticed the problem and reported on it, referencing data showing just how bad it could get from a study done in May.
-In late August, Sen. Murkowksi held a meeting about the crisis, and urged residents to stay in their communities (report by ADN).

"I urge you not to give up your way of life, your culture and your connection to the land and move into urban areas. We will find a creative way to beat this," she told Bethel residents...
-In September, Sen. Begich (then Mayor) and Anchorage School Superintendent sent a letter to Palin (from ADN) regarding the migration from villages to the city due to high energy costs. Palin refuted high energy costs had anything to do with it, later.
-In October, Native leaders continued their call for an energy emergency declared at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention (reported by the ADN). Of course, Palin was busy campaigning and may not have noticed.
-In November, Indian Country Today did a story highlighting the Alaska Federation of Natives resolution to the energy crisis and village migration, as well as the incredibly poor response from Palin.
-In late December, Indian Country Today reported on the dismal reaction of the Palin administration energy crisis, focusing on the rural subcabinet formed.

"The Rural Subcabinet formed by Governor Sarah Palin in response to what many consider a crisis in rural Alaska has reportedly met, but specific information about their activities has been difficult to find..." "The group has no fixed meeting time and the date of their next meeting is unknown." "...As of Dec. 8, the AFN had apparently heard nothing about actions or meetings of the subcabinet..."
Of course, this is only in recent months. This stuff goes back years, as far as addressing the real problems. Not to mention the other villages that have had true emergencies, including Adak. Once again, I point to the Alaska Native Commission Report done in the 90's that point out both problem and solution. Palin should think about reading it.
  • Palin blames the villages for the problem, not the policies, restrictions and initiatives she can do anything about. So don't ask.
"Some of these areas … they may need to see some change in leadership within the community, also." "...And in some of the communities I would say that perhaps new leadership would help provide solutions."

After stewing all night, I woke up this morning to a phone call from Celtic Diva. She and Mudflats pointed to an article in the Alaska Dispatch, praising Palin for "speaking from the heart" and being "thoughtful" about solutions for the communities.

You can only be thoughtful if you've met with the people from the communities and listened to them. Palin is calling for a change in leadership - with who? What are these leaders doing wrong? Who are they? When has she talked to them? And she gave NO solutions except to say these youth should think about leaving. So the solution is "leave the village"? She can't be a spark to "real dialogue" when she's never taken part in a dialogue! The dialogue has been going on, but Palin doesn't care to be part of it...

...Once again, Palin offered no solutions to these problems. She talks about them getting jobs, but not about training, or the availability of them. Does she think every Native youth has a father on the slope and the governor willing to write a letter of recommendation to get them that job? It's really not that easy. It also displays an incredibly poor grasp of the situation. Some of these families are paying $2,500 a month just for their oil. Getting a job on the slope doesn't fix that problem, and it will continue to be a problem.

Again, she shows us she hasn't really looked at the situation. One of the men who sent a letter from a village just after Nick Tucker's letter was brilliant in displaying what they are trying. From Kongiganak, he talks about three projects that have the potential to help out the community. Yet:

The school project, AMI, told us that they will hire only 10 people from our village and the rest will come from the lower 48...about 20 out of state workers. We have many certified carpenters, welders, plumbers, electricians, and equipment operators that only a handful will work in these projects. What is wrong with this? Our legislators say that these projects are supposed to give our villages jobs and the people from Alaska.
Despite Palin's assertions that this is not the governments problem, this has everything to do with government. Lack of support for energy projects, restrictions on subsistence, laws about fisheries and over-fishing... The short-term problem is hungry kids and no heat. But the short-term problem could have been avoided completely by addressing these long-term solutions that Palin has been unwilling to even look at, much less be part of a dialogue about."

View the video of the interview this post refers to here.

When Bad Sarah tells the tale of her husband Todd growing up in his "fishing village" and then having to leave to go work on the North Slope and big oil to support his family, (which has turned out to be another lie) she mouths this prepared parable as if she were coaching small children through a Sunday School lesson, reflecting her condescending view of Alaska's native population.

Bad Sarah says, "Government can't be the entire solution." Yet she is now asking for more money for Alaska from the government than is being offered to her in the stimulus bill. Is this position complete hypocrisy? Or just targeted propaganda to make her consituency believe she is not all about big, big and even bigger government.

So the Palinista National Socialist Alaska works like this - villagers are urged/forced off their land and from their homes and families to work for Big Oil, which conducts business only by the grace of The State which it supports. The State which pays Bad Sarah and supports her large family which she keeps close to her and comfortable in two mansions, with plenty of perks.

Palin is not well-informed about the world. Her political style is more sledge hammer than savvy. But she knows where her bread is buttered - big oil AND big government. She is building a national socialist state in Alaska. This is a politician that only extreme religious fanatics and proto-fascists want to see unleashed on the rest of America, and the world.


AKPetMom said...

If people in bush Alaska cannot maintain a cash economy to support the way of life that is enjoyed in the urban and suburban areas of Alaska then they do need to look towards education of the youth, whether college or trade, and support themselves with income from these ventures. Either that or go back to a complete subsistence lifestyle. I'm all for preserving culture but if people are hungry then someone needs to make money to purchase supplies.

Helen said...

Thanks for commenting. While your comment sounds practical, it ignores the bigger picture - Alaska is asking to be flushed with money for infrastructure-sustainability projects. The Governor doesn't feel that this bonanza should be directed to help rural villages become self-sustaining.

regina said...

I find it disgusting how she spouts lies about Todd's "nativeness" to legitimise the solutions she comes up with for rural Alaska.

I don't know how we do it, I feel really sick writing about this woman sometimes.

But we have to keep it going and get more and more people to find out about her.

Thanks for the link. I hope loads of people report her to the IRS.

AKPetMom said...

If there truly are certified tradesmen living in these villages then yes, there should be a certain percentage of jobs allocated to the "home team", regardless of what company receives the bid for a job. Most likely companies bidding on construction jobs in the bush come from the urban areas of Alaska. We need to somehow require that these companies use a certain amount of local workers if they successfully bid on contracts for bush work.

I have a friend who is a carpet layer and he has been shipped out to many small villages to lay carpet.

Case in point, a Wasilla company had a contract in rural Alaska. They put an ad in the local paper and tried to get the word out that they needed 5 carpet layers in that town for a 2 month job in Bethel. Only one local person (in Bethel) signed up for the project so this company had to import 4 carpet layers from Wasilla to do the job.

Anonymous said...

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I am so excited!! I have copied the timeline to this link:

We've got it! Now I am going to send to off to every media outlet I can think of!! Including... and especially... Alaskan Daily News!